Thursday, February 13, 2014

Antique Engagement Ring The Vintage Wedding Checklist Part One

Apples of Gold Engagement Ring
Apples of Gold Engagement Ring, this one here. 

Vintage weddings are hip, trendy, and in style.  This three part checklist will give you a start to finish step by step process on how to have the perfect vintage experience from start to finish.  Your checklist is simple yet the engagement rings are the most important. This is going to be something symbolizing the love that you carry, on your finger for the rest of your life!   Simply put, here is your checklist:

  1. Antique Engagement Ring
  2. Proposal in a Vintage Setting.
  3. Finding the best Vintage Wedding Dress
  4. Costumes and or era clothing for the wedding party.
  5. Venue with an "Old Feel"
  6. Retro invitations.
  7. Catering that's Delicious on vintage china!
  8. Decorations, from vintage banners to a retro cake!
  9. Wedding music set in the era.
  10. The Perfect Vintage Wedding Ring.

Let's start at the beginning.


For your retro wedding, it’s probably crossed your mind to buy an antique engagement ring. Such a thought is dismissed fairly quickly when you’ve seen some the amazingly high price tags displayed in jewellery stores or online. Also many men believe that antique engagement rings are in a class of jewellery that is fit for only the rich and famous.  While this might be true in a lot of cases, you can still purchase a very good quality antique engagement ring without any serious risk of becoming bankrupt. Choosing the right antique engagement ring is just a matter of knowing some of the basics in shopping for antique jewellery.

The following is our shoppers guide for choosing the best antique engagement ring suited to your loved significant other.

  • Is The Style Suited? One of the first areas you need to address as you browse jewellery stores is to work out what antique engagement ring style is going to suit best to the tastes or preferences of your loved one. Ask yourself is this going to be something that she’ll adore for the rest of her life? 
  • What about quality? Look at the design and craftsmanship of the ring rather than just focusing on the size of the gem. Consider the main aspects of the stones such as the colour, cut, clarity and then carat size. A lot of women find the actual design more important than the sizing of the stone or diamond. Also having a smaller diamond of higher quality is going to be better in some cases as it’s harder to pick up any obvious flaws. You’ll also find a lot of antique engagement rings have very decorative surrounding design it that creates an illusion of a larger size stone or diamond. 
  • Focus On Time Periods You can also make some very appropriate choices in antique engagement rings if you focus on the right time period. For example if you know that your loved one is really into gemstones and not diamonds then you focus your search within the Art Deco era. This era consists predominantly of stones that are rubies or emeralds and also include sapphires and amethysts. You also can potentially find some amazing and stunning designs with the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It’s quite remarkable the level of detail and attention that has gone into the designing of rings in these eras. 

Final Steps – Checking The Authenticity 

 After using the above guidelines, chances are you will find what you consider the most suitable antique engagement ring for your loved one. However as a final step, you still must ask the jewellery store for a report or certificate of authenticity that has been done by a gemologist. This will verify if the engagement is as old as the jeweler claims.

As another added precaution you should also get the ring appraised and seek insurance from a 3rd party. This is extra way of getting verification of the quality level of both the stones and metal. Taking these necessary final steps is going to be reassuring for you and will go a long way in giving her the perfect antique engagement ring she’s always been dreaming of.   Get more information here.

From etsy shop EphemeraObscura vintage wedding proposal post card

 Looks like a romantic setting for a proposal , at least it did circa 1920, this from EphmeraObscura


When you think of earlier days, romance was simplistic yet beautiful. A kiss under the moonlight, a walk in the park, sitting on the park bench holding hands, or walking together after getting the best ice cream sundae at the local pop shop.  Perhaps your soon to be hubby needs to find the perfect place to utter the words , "Will you marry me?" , even if it is in a retro car at the top of point lookout, after smooching and listening to some 50's be-bop music.

From Etsy BeigeVintageCo shop, Vintage Edwardian Antique Wedding Dress
Edwardian anyone? Great for a vintage wedding. Pic: BeigeVintageCo


Fit and fabric is very important. If you are going vintage, expect to have some minor imperfections from the previous life. You can life with a few minor tears or small rips in the fabric but the big worry is the OVERALL condition of the fabric. Make sure it's not fitting you like a glove because , if it dry rotten you will find yourself making a quick turn and your dress is blown out of the side, leaving your wedding party staring in horror.... How will you know? Make sure to test a small section of the fabric where no one will see, stretch it and pull it with your hand, is it ripping that easy, if so, as much as you'd like the dress, you may not have found the right one.

Lace is extremely fragile, and that's not the main concern, it's the fabric underneath and the seams that you must worry about, and the fabric that holds the zipper in tact.  There are plenty of vintage dresses made within the past century that will look simply lovely.!

Thanks for reading Part one, stay tuned for part two and three, soon!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Vintage Cameras from Upcycled Classics Polaroid Cameras

Upcycled Classics on Etsy Vintage Camera

Pink Polaroid Impulse AF With New Film Cartridge $92.00

Who doesn't love vintage cameras? One shop on Etsy has a plethora of vintage cameras for sale. How cool, now you can have a flashback to the past and see lots of Polaroid and other retro cameras at Upcycled Classics on Etsy.  The great part is, they are in working condition and come with film!  The pink one above is super cool, and has been "pink-i-tized" by the curator.

Vintage Camera on etsy

Green AutoFocus Impulse Upcycled Green Camera is $104

Gary G. is the curator and he runs the shop from Santa Rosa, California.  This brings back some memories for me. When I was young, Polaroid instant cameras were everywhere. So much so, some of our weekly runs were to go to the store just to get more film. I remember the one we had was white with a rainbow on the front.  My grandmother had a nicer all black model.

Vintage Camera in Red on Etsy

The Big Swinger 3000 in Red is Super Retro, only $72 circa 60's 

The boxed film didn't last long, there we had a big family and I liked to think I may have taken some of my best photographs back then.  I remember the excitement of waiting for the picture to pop out, and it taking a moment to develop.  Now, vintage cameras are in. Not only for collectors to covet but for you to use and rightfully so. Nothing like taking a modern day photo with a vintage style camera.

Check them out here Upcycled Classics.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Photo Frame Originals on Etsy Personalized Photo Frames

Custom Baby Picture Frame
Found: PhotoFrameOriginals

Picture frames, I love using vintage or upcycled frames in my home, but sometimes I feel strange giving them as gifts. Not everyone may appreciate my style of decor.  So, I found a great shop on Etsy, PhotoFrameOriginals who has the best frames set up for the perfect gift idea.  The "I Love to to the Moon and Back" frame is $89. You pick the color of the frame. It's retro-style and would be great for a baby gift to your niece or nephew...something to hand in your child's room....or even to give to your loved one with a special picture of the two of you.

 Adorable Idea  : PhotoFrameOriginals on Etsy

The best thing is the idea of giving something nostalgic to the Father or Mother of the Groom or Father or Mother of the Bride!   They have a lot of double matted professional frames that specialize in this. I think this is a great touch as many people don't remember how emotional of a time this is for the parents of the bride or groom to see their baby all grown up and run off with the new love of their life.....What a great idea to capsulate the moment in time.  The one above is $89 and all are created in a new nostalgic way that even someone with a vintage home can blend them in. 

The owner makes everything herself, they are high quality double matting, and of course, you should support the small business!

See all the different models here at PhotoFrameOriginals!
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